Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Ajmal Kasab, convicted for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, was hanged at the Yerawada Jail in Pune at 7:36 am after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition. Kasab was asked about his last desire to which he said "he has no desire ".
Kasab had reportedly told them that he had no last will or wish before he was executed, and that the entire procedure had been explained to him before it was carried out.
Kasab 's execution:A NEW YEAR gift for the victims
Mukesh Agrawal, who survived when the Taj Hotel in Mumbai was attacked during the 2008 carnage, said Kasab should have
been hanged four years ago. "But today what has happened is very good. It is a very good gift to the victims' families. The government has given a New Year gift," he said.
K Unnikrishnan, father of NSG commando K Unnikrishnan,who was killed in the Taj Hotel strike, said, "The way in which the execution has been done, it is a model way.
"Before anybody could react to the rejection of the mercy petition (of Kasab), everything is over. That is the thing which I cherish."
Unnikrishnan, a retired ISRO official, said, "Definitely there was a long way to go for the sense of closure...Kasab's execution is only one chapter. The perpetrators are still moving around in Pakistan and the anti-India thinking inPakistan is too much now, it should come down."
He said finally justice has been done in one case...The root cause is hatred that is still there and in myopinion that spoils the general calm attitude in India. I still feel many more things have to be done. We should notlose the momentum because we have hanged a culprit. That is not closure," Unnikrishnan said.
Tribute to all the 166 people killed:R R Patil
Maharashtra home minister early at 8:30 am on Wednesday, RR Patil said, "Kasab's hanging is a tribute to all the 166 people killed as well as those police officer martyred in the attack."
Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil Patil said "The dead body of the Kasab will not be handed over to Pakistan".
Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil confirmed that Kasab was executed this morning and that the President had rejected Kasab’s mercy plea on 8 November. Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde too confirmed the hanging.
Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said "Mumbai attack was carried out by 10 pakistani terrorists out of which kasab was arrested alive and Kasab and nine other Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists had sailed into Mumbai on November 26, 2008 from Karachi and killed 166 people and today the Justice has been provided ."
President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected his mercy plea on Tuesday.
In September, the Maharashtra Home Ministry had recommended that the mercy plea be rejected. Kasab had been sentenced to death in May 2010 for his role in the savage attacks that ripped apart Mumbai on 26 November 2008, killing over 166 people, including several foreigners.
Kasab was discreetly moved from Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail to Pune’s Yerawada Jail last night.
The President’s rejection came two months after the Home ministry rejected Kasab’s mercy petition.
Kasab’s death sentence had been confirmed by the Supreme Court and his clemency petition was pending with the President’s office.
Indian government has been urging Pakistan on providing speedy justice to the victims to the deadly strikes as time and again India told Pakistan to bring perpetrators of 26/11 attacks to justice, adding the evidence so far provided to Islamabad was sufficient for civil courts.
India on Monday,voted against a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) draft resolution which called for abolishing the death penalty.
Giving the sequence of events leading to the execution this morning, Shinde said the Home Ministry had recommended to
the President that he should reject Kasab's mercy petition which he did on November five.
"The President rejected the mercy petition on November 5.I signed it on November 7 and on November 8, the Maharashtra government had been communicated to take action. It was decided that he would be executed on November 21 at 7.30 AM and accordingly the whole process has been completed today,"Shinde said, adding secrecy about the hanging was key.
In a brief official statement, the Home Ministry said the petition for clemency filed by condemned prisoner Mohammed Ajmal Mohammed Amir Kasab was rejected by the President on November 5. The sentence was executed today at 7.30 a.m. at
Yeravada Central Prison, Yeravada, Pune, it said.
Shinde said there were 10 attackers of whom one--Kasab--was captured while nine others were killed during the three day crisis in November 2008.
"There was a through probe and court proceedings and after that a mercy petition was filed before the President,"he said. Asked how today's date was fixed for Kasab's hanging,Shinde said it was decided by the court earlier and that was mentioned in Kasab's file and the Home Ministry has confirmed it.
No mileage from Kasab hanging
When asked whether the UPA government was trying to get political mileage through Kasab's hanging, Shinde said, "There is no question of mileage-taking. It was already decided." The Home Minister refused to say anything on when a decision on Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru would be taken as his mercy petition was also pending before the President.